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China launches rocket and 5 satellites from offshore platform

China launched five satellites into orbit on a rocket lifted from an offshore platform on Saturday (April 30), setting a new distance record for the country’s offshore launches.

A Long March 11 solid-fuel rocket was successfully launched from an ocean platform in the East China Sea to launch its payloads into orbit. It was the second launch in as many days for the China National Space Administration, which launched two more satellites from a spaceport on Earth on Friday.